Patents Examined by Scott J. Haugland
  • Patent number: 6959892
    Abstract: This invention provides a reel 1 for a fine metal wire comprising a drum 2, two flange bodies 3, and two flange reinforcing members 4 each of them made of thin steel metal. Each flange reinforcing members 4 is bent into L-shape in cross-section such that a flange side portion 4a is placed at a tilt angle ? of 4 +3/?3 degrees with respect to a vertical line. The flange side portion 4a of the flange reinforcing member 4 is brought into intimate contact with a flange 3b of the flange body to be fixed thereto by spot welding. As a result, a tensile stress is previously produced at the bent portion P, thereby substantially improving the strength and the repetitive usability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Assignee: Tokusen Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenji Sanda
  • Patent number: 6948680
    Abstract: A device and method for storing an electric cable of predetermined length and at least one electric cable component. The device comprises a reel having a drum around which the electric cable can be wound and a pair of flanges disposed about the drum, the drum and flanges defining a well; and at least one container disposed within the well and secured to the reel, the container defining a cavity for receiving the electric cable component. The device may also include a lagging for enclosing at least a portion of the well. The container may have any suitable construction and configuration and may be secured to the reel at any suitable location and in any suitable manner. The container may be secured in any suitable manner to the lagging in accordance with another embodiment. The method may comprise winding the electric cable around the drum and within the well, and placing the electric cable component within the cavity. The method may further include coupling the lagging to the reel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: Andrew Corporation
    Inventor: Gary Ganster
  • Patent number: 6908055
    Abstract: A system disposed in a tape drive, for extracting a magnetic recording tape wound on a single reel in a cartridge received in the tape drive, has a lever arm which moves a gripper hook and a gripper hook follower, in hinged engagement with each other, into and out of the tape cartridge to engage the gripper hook with a leader pin at a free end of the tape. A mechanical gripper switch is rotated after the gripper hook has been moved into the tape cartridge to cause the gripper hook to engage the leader pin. The lever arm then moves the gripper hook follower, the gripper hook and the magnetic tape engaged therewith through a tape guide and through a channel in a take-up reel located in the tape drive, so that the leader pin is positioned at a periphery of the hub of the take-up reel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: Tandberg Data ASA
    Inventors: Hårvard Hoelsaeter, Hårvard Holmedal
  • Patent number: 6863232
    Abstract: A tape tension controlling mechanism of a magnetic recording/reproducing apparatus for controlling a tension of a magnetic tape includes: a reel bed; a reel bed drum; a tension post; a tension arm rotatably supported by a tension arm shaft; an urging element; a tension band having an engagement portion; and a band fixing screw having a threaded portion at one end thereof and a head portion at the other end, the band fixing screw further having, between the threaded portion and the head portion, an intermediate shaft portion for engagement with the engagement portion of the tension band, wherein a longitudinal center line of the intermediate shaft portion is shifted from the longitudinal center line of the threaded portion, and a pitch P of a thread of the threaded portion and a longitudinal length L of the intermediate shaft portion have a relationship of L>P/2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eiji Nagasaki, Akio Konishi
  • Patent number: 6820833
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for controlling a yarn processing system comprising a textile machine, a yarn feed device and a supply spool. According to the inventive method, the yarn feed device pulls the yarn from the supply spool with varying speed and forms and maintains a yarn intermediate store. In addition, a rotatable supply spool (B) is turned at least by the yarn tension elicited by the winding drive (4) of the yarn feed device (F), and the yarn (Y) is tangentially removed from the supply spool (B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Assignees: Ingenjoersfirman Elektroteknik IETV AB, IROPA AG
    Inventors: Magnus Carlsson, Lars Helge Gottfrid Tholander
  • Patent number: 6820786
    Abstract: A not-yet-bonded or only slightly bonded nonwoven staple fiber material cannot be delivered from the nip of a calendar roller pair to a following endless conveyor without support during transport. To provide this support, the invention provides for a supporting rotating element such as an endless conveyor or perforated drum, either of which is designed to be permeated by air from below flowing toward the element. This feature simultaneously achieves a cooling effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Assignee: Fleissner GmbH & Co Maschinenfabrik
    Inventor: Gerold Fleissner
  • Patent number: 6817560
    Abstract: Dynamic tension control for tape transported along a tape path between supply and take-up reels, driven by supply and take-up motors, and having tachometers for determining linear speed of the tape. A controller accelerates the tape toward a target speed, initially operating the motors in static acceleration tension control; and if the linear speed of the tape is within a predetermined range of the target tape speed, operating the motors in composite tension control employing static tension control and delta velocity control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James Mitchell Karp, John Alexander Koski, Steven Carter Wills
  • Patent number: 6814325
    Abstract: There is a film-press spring for pressing a photographic film on a take-up spool in a take-up chamber. The film-press spring has a main body for guiding a leading end of the photographic film at the beginning of the film winding and a plate bended in U-shape against the main body. A pressing arm which is protruded from the main body presses the photographic film to a periphery of the take-up spool. And a fitting arm which is elastic enough to be transformed is protruded from the plate. When inserted into the spring attachment hollow of the take-up chamber, the fitting arm presses the wall surface of the spring attachment hollow. And a slipping prevention claw of the plate is engaged with the wall surface of the spring attachment hollow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Optical Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takashi Kamoda
  • Patent number: 6799738
    Abstract: A take-up reel for winding and storing an elongate hose or electrical cable comprises a reel that is rewound by a torsional spring. A viscous clutch is coupled to the reel by means of a unidirectional clutch, which engages the viscous clutch to the reel to rewind the reward speed, but disengages the viscous clutch from the reel when the hose or cable is being payed-out. This permits the hose or cable to be payed-out without resistance from the viscous clutch. The uni-directional viscous clutch assembly thus allows the hose to be payed-out at any speed while providing the substantial safety benefits of a viscous speed governor during rewind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Assignee: Coxwells, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald D. Sauder, Andre J. Baca, Jeff Knosalla
  • Patent number: 6796520
    Abstract: A magnetic tape cartridge is equipped with a cartridge, a single tape reel, a tape leader pin, and a U-shaped clip. The cartridge case is formed by fastening upper and lower cases of synthetic resin together and has a tape leader opening formed in the upper and lower side walls of the upper and lower cases. The single tape reel has magnetic tape wound thereon and is rotatably housed within the cartridge case. The tape leader pin is firmly attached to a leading end of the magnetic tape, and is detachably held in an upright state between the upper and lower cases so that it faces the tape leader opening. The U-shaped clip is attached to walls near the tape leader opening to fasten the upper and lower cases together, whereby the fastening strength of the upper and lower cases is enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yusuke Ishihara, Daisuke Takahashi, Hideaki Shiga, Seiji Tsuyuki
  • Patent number: 6764038
    Abstract: A magnetic tape cartridge has a single reel including a circular lower flange and a circular upper flange, a magnetic tape which is wound between the upper flange and the lower flange and a cartridge case including a lower case and an upper case. The upper flange closes a circular second opening of the upper case to form a central portion on an upper side of the cartridge case. It has become possible to provide a magnetic tape cartridge that has a reduced total thickness and is also advantageous in terms of costs. A magnetic tape cartridge can be also realized which is unlikely to be damaged even if it is subjected to careless handling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kiyoo Morita, Kazuo Hiraguchi
  • Patent number: 6712357
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing pinch force control to an entrance transport element in a document handling system. The entrance transport element includes a drive roller element and a pinch roller element and a pinch force relief mechanism coupled to the pinch roller element. The pinch force relief mechanism is positionable between a pinch force mode and a non-pinch force mode. A control element is adapted to control actuation of the pinch force relief mechanism between the pinch force mode and the non-pinch force mode. When the control element places the pinch force relief mechanism in the pinch force mode, the pinch roller element is positioned such that a pinch force is exerted on a document. Conversely, when the control element places the pinch force relief mechanism in the non-pinch force mode, the pinch roller element is positioned such that a pinch force is prevented from being exerted on the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Assignee: Unisys Corporation
    Inventor: Michael N. Tranquilla
  • Patent number: 6712304
    Abstract: A cellular communication phone with integral headset retraction device is provided. The headset retraction device is integrally molded to a lower portion of the rear side of the phone. The headset retraction device includes a housing which serves to store a cable reel having a cable retracting mechanism and an electrical conducting cable. The electrical conducting cable includes a micro-sized microphone connected between an audio receiver earpiece and an auxiliary plug connector. An auxiliary plug storage receptacle is provided in order to prevent free suspension of the auxiliary plug connector. A cable guidance column is provided to aid in directing the electrical conducting cable into the retraction housing when being wound therein. An earpiece retention jacket is disclosed for supporting the audio receiver earpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Inventor: Chad Dylan Taylor
  • Patent number: 6708859
    Abstract: A paper web draw-in device for a rotary printing press includes a plurality of guides that support a web draw-in cable or chain. The guides are adjustable in a direction transverse to the web conveying direction. Different positions of these guides can be set in response to the widths of various webs being drawn into the rotary printing press.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Andreas Josef Kleinschnitz
  • Patent number: 6705557
    Abstract: An idler device of the magnetic recording/reproducing apparatus is disclosed having the construction that an idler arm is inserted to the side of a clutch shaft which is installed at a lower surface of a main chassis. Without an extra construction for the assembly, a snap engagement is possibly made, so that a workability of an assembly working is improved and the number of parts can be reduced, and thus, a production cost can be reduced. In addition, the assembly of an idler gear is completed as a plate spring is fixed to an idler shaft in a state that the idler gear is inserted in the idler shaft of an idler arm. Thus, the assembly working is relatively facilitated, and a production cost can be reduced with the simple construction. Moreover, since the plate spring is installed in a state of being fixed at the protrusion bar by the stopper, the relative position of the plate spring is precisely set with respect to the neighboring parts, so that an operation reliability can be remarkably improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sung Pyo Hong, Ji Young Lee, You Seok Chae
  • Patent number: 6705558
    Abstract: A seat belt retractor for a seat belt system in a motor vehicle has a belt reel for the winding and unwinding of seat belt webbing. At least one locking element can lock the belt reel against further rotation. Forces exerted by the seat belt webbing can be introduced into a frame connected to the vehicle. The locking device has at least one gear that can be locked by at least one lock operating device and also has at least one energy absorbing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: Breed Automotive Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Specht, Walter Krauss, Thomas Kilian
  • Patent number: 6702216
    Abstract: A tape cartridge comprising: a housing; a single tape reel carrying a length of tape having an outer end fixed to a leader pin, which can be taken out of the cartridge through an outlet formed in the housing by a tape draw-out member of a recording-reproducing apparatus; a door member covering the outlet; and a spring member pushing the door member towards the closed position. The spring member is a torsion coil spring comprising: two coil portions; a connecting portion linking the two coil portions; a first arm portion that extends from one coil portion, forms a first angle with the connecting portion, and has an end abutting the housing; and a second arm portion that extends from the other coil portion, forms a second angle with the connecting portion pointing in opposite direction to the first angle, and has an end fixed to the door member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Assignee: TDK Corporation
    Inventors: Motohiko Shima, Akio Momoi, Hiroshi Kaneda
  • Patent number: 6702224
    Abstract: A magazine for a plurality of reels of tape provided with a device for selecting a reel of tape to be used, comprising a plurality of supports for the reels, which can slide on a guide so that the reels form a stack whose axis is parallel to the guide, elements for actuating simultaneously the plurality of supports along the guide in order to position the reel of tape to be used in a preset point of the guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Assignee: Resta S.r.l.
    Inventor: Roberto Resta
  • Patent number: 6698675
    Abstract: A leader block assembly including a leader block, a tape clamp, and an elastomeric member. The leader block forms a channel defined by opposing sidewalls extending from a base, each sidewall forming a lip having an under surface. The tape clamp is nested within the channel and includes a bottom surface, opposing sides, and at least one cantilevered leg positioned at each of the opposing sides, respectively. Each leg extends upwardly relative to the bottom surface. The elastomeric member is disposed between the leader block and the tape clamp, and biases the tape clamp to a locked position in which the legs engage the under surface of the respect lips providing positive engagement between the tape clamp and the leader block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: Imation Corp.
    Inventors: Jerome D. Brown, Dean E. Sitz, Jerry L. Alexander, Arne B. Boberg
  • Patent number: 6691946
    Abstract: The invention described herein relates to a medical bowl adapted to accommodate and retain a coiled medical device comprising: generally smooth cylindrical sidewall portion; a generally planar circular bottom portion; and a plurality of retention tabs extending upward from said bottom portion and positioned thereon to provide a space between said sidewall portion and said retention tabs. The retention tabs are structured and positioned to facilitate the handling and grippability of a coiled device placed within the bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Allegiance Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce Dannecker, Doug Cundieff, John Holland